LONDON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Salman Rushdie, in an interview on British radio, said that Muslim religious schools will not halt Islamic extremism.
Rushdie, who was the subject of Iranian death threats over his novel "The Satanic Verses," told BBC 4's "Today" that Prime Minister Tony Blair is "making a very bad mistake."
"If he thinks that more religion is going to solve the problem ... he is seriously out of step with the country."
Rushdie believes that a majority of the British public agree with him.
"It is important to see that for most people of Muslim belief in this country, they have a range of political and social interests which have nothing to do with being religious," he said.